2014-04-17 11:42:38 - Live streaming 5th Avenue Manhattan for 2014 New York Easter Parade, NYC. Parade start time, schedule, route, viewing points, online stream and webcam coverage.
The city of New York loves a good parade, with notable large scale events at Thanksgiving and St Patrick's Day in particular, but a smaller scale parade takes place each Easter. down 5th Avenue in Manhattan on Easter Sunday.
For all the 2014 parade details, including live online coverage:
Event background and information:
The Easter parade is an American cultural event consisting of a festive strolling procession on Easter Sunday. Typically, it is a somewhat informal and unorganized event, with or without religious significance. Persons participating in an Easter parade traditionally dress in new and fashionable clothing, particularly ladies' hats, and strive to impress others with their finery.
The Easter parade is most closely associated with Fifth Avenue in New York City, but
Easter parades are held in many other cities. Starting as a spontaneous event in the 1870s, the New York parade became increasingly popular into the mid-20th century in 1947, it was estimated to draw over a million people. Its popularity has declined significantly, drawing only 30,000 in 2008.From the 1880s through the 1950s, New York's Easter parade was one of the main cultural expressions of Easter in the United States. It was one of the fundamental ways that Easter was identified and celebrated.
The seeds of the parade were sown in New York's highly ornamented churches, Gothic buildings such as Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. In the mid-19th century, these and other churches began decorating their sanctuaries with Easter flowers. The new practice was resisted by traditionalists, but was generally well-received. As the practice expanded, the floral displays grew ever more elaborate, and soon became defining examples of style, taste, abundance, and novelty. Those who attended the churches incorporated these values into their dress. In 1873, a newspaper report about Easter at Christ Church said "More than half the congregation were ladies, who displayed all the gorgeous and marvelous articles of dress, and the appearance of the body of the church thus vied in effect and magnificence with the pleasant and tasteful array of flowers which decorated the chancel.